This is clearly not what Ben Godfrey would have wanted for Everton on his full Premier League debut.
Importance of the right back
Analysis – Adam Jones dissects the four main points of conversation after Everton’s first Premier League season defeat in Southampton
Seamus Coleman retired after his injury against Liverpool, while Jonjoe Kenny was still not ready to enter the competition as he was recovering from a problem of his own.
This gave many hopes that he could get up and reoccupy this position for the trip to Southampton, as Everton was obviously struggling with problems.
The defender was fantastic when he was introduced to the Merseyside Derby last weekend in an unfamiliar role as right-back, and on that occasion he played against one of the best wingers in the league at Sadio Mane, and it is important to remember that.
The first instinct of James Rodriguez, as we now know, is not to rewind and defend in many scenarios. Normally this season, the task of supporting Everton’s right defensive side has been assigned to a central midfielder.
Ralph Hasenhuttl claimed after the game that his side had not hit Everton’s right flank for the entire 90 minutes, but perhaps he was a little embarrassed.
Even in the early stages of the first half, it was clear that the Blues would have a problem in this team, but it wasn’t only due to Godfrey.
That in turn left Godfrey quite exposed at his first start for his new club. This is not a fair reflection of what he can offer the team at all.
But no matter how hard you try, the Blues trio were all too often dragged out of position on this occasion by Southampton, the much better side.
Coleman’s unique energy and way of attacking crosses have been key to Everton this season, and perhaps it was unfair to expect anything similar from the signing of the contract this summer when he made his second appearance for his new club.
But perhaps that game showed just how good Everton’s club captain has been this season and how much his performances may have gone under the radar.
Right back is not his natural position, that much is clear.
The Blues will hope he’s fit for the game against Newcastle. If not, Kenny might be able to slip into the role.
But what needs to be made clear is that Everton’s right flank was not his only problem. It was essentially that of the entire squad and needs to be improved next week regardless of the staff.
This was a chaste experience for Godfrey, but one he will certainly learn from.
You have to have a little pity for Dominic Calvert-Lewin.